Just Words Law, Language, and Power

ISBN-10: 0226114880
ISBN-13: 9780226114880
Edition: 2nd 2005
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Is it "just words" when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it "just words" when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, "Just Words" focuses on what has become the central issue in law and language research: what language reveals about the nature of legal power. Conley and O'Barr show how the microdynamics of the legal process and the largest questions of justice can be fruitfully explored through the field of linguistics. Each chapter covers a language-based approach to a different area of the law, from the cross-examinations of victims and witnesses to the inequities of divorce mediation. Combining analysis of common legal events with a broad range of scholarship on language and law, "Just Words" seeks the reality of power in the everyday practice and application of the law. As the only study of its type, the book is the definitive treatment of the topic that will be welcomed by students and specialists alike.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transcript Conventions
The Politics of Law and the Science of Talk
The Revictimization of Rape Victims
The Language of Mediation
Speaking of Patriarchy
A Natural History of Disputing
The Discourses of Law In Cross-Cultural Perspective
The Discourses of Law in Historical Perspective
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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